Ireland and Britain are Europe’s two most northwesterly large islands. The present-day inhabitants of these islands have strong individual national identities, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English. However these identities have emerged from within the forge of a shared history. Walled towns are a legacy of that shared history, created as a defence against an oppressor, as instruments of colonisation or simply as means of controlling trade and levying taxation. Walled towns across Britain and Ireland are working together, sharing expertise in conservation, management and exploitation of these great monuments. Walls, once built to exclude and divide, are being revalued as a resource to provide welcome and celebration.
How many walled towns do you know of? Some town walls have been preserved as visually striking monuments. Others are intact but completely hidden within the fabric of the modern town. Some are just a few relic stretches of ramparts or a solitary gate. Some are even abandoned but preserved settlements. Here is our list … More Best Walled Towns